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    You May Be al-Qaradawi’s Next Fatwa

    You May Be al-Qaradawi’s Next Fatwa

    Egyptian Cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has issued a fatwa calling for the killing of Muammar al-Gaddafi.  How could anyone be opposed to taking out the guy who killed over 250 people on Pan Am 103 and who now is killing protesters in the streets?

    Certainly not me, but let’s put some historical perspective on some of al-Qaradawi’s other fatwas, such as his endorsement of suicide (martyrdom) bombings by women:

    “The martyr operation is the greatest of all sorts of jihad in the cause of Allah. A martyr operation is carried out by a person who sacrifices himself, deeming his life [of] less value than striving in the cause of Allah, in the cause of restoring the land and preserving the dignity. To such a valorous attitude applies the following Qur’anic verse: “And of mankind is he who would sell himself, seeking the pleasure of Allah; and Allah hath compassion on (His) bondmen.” (Qur’an, 2: 207)

    But a clear distinction has to be made here between martyrdom and suicide. Suicide is an act or instance of killing oneself intentionally out of despair, and finding no outlet except putting an end to one’s life. On the other hand, martyrdom is a heroic act of choosing to suffer death in the cause of Allah, and that’s why it’s considered by most Muslim scholars as one of the greatest forms of jihad.

    When jihad becomes an individual duty, as when the enemy seizes the Muslim territory, a woman becomes entitled to take part in it alongside men.”

    I previously have pointed out how al-Qaradawi’t theory of how to bring peace to the Middle East is to destroy Israel and have Jews live as Dhimmis under Muslim rule, and how over a million Egyptians packed Tahrir Square and its surroundings to cheer as al-Qaradawi called for a march towards Jerusalem.  Al-Qaradawi is a long-time anti-Jewish agitator and consistent in his message of Jihad against western influences.

    So while we all can oppose al-Gaddafi’s brutality, don’t cheer al-Qaradawi’s fatwa.  You could be next.

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    sort of runic rhyme | February 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Sullivan is a disingenuous ninny. The "choice" between supporting a Mubarek regime and wanting Democracy Now! for Egypt was a false one.

    Too many people upon this crisis, rightly in my estimation, argued for an orderly transition from autocracy to democracy by suggesting the US support her longtime ally Mubarek (in of itself the right/smart thing to do vis-a-vis America, Israel and world stability) in his leading his country into 21 C. democratic elections within the year- as he promised- with our public cheerleading, private support of acceptable agitator/reformers and our behind-the-scenes carrot and $tick prompting. This would've given the US and local civilized interests the opportunity to 1) assess and counter extremist actors, 2) reinforce weak civil institutions, and 3) encourage a less corrupt and freer economy that are requisite to any functioning republic.

    About the fatwas– why don't the western Left get as exercised about Islamist fatwas as they do over CIA "covert activity" and Special Forces black ops? The usual rejoinder of "holding us to higher standards" doesn't mesh with their profession of faith that the West isn't and shouldn't hold itself out to be superior, in any way, to Others.

    a few points:

    1. It is a good thing that Al Sadr did not gain control in Iraq. The "democracy" put in place ensured that the people voted for their assembly. I imagine that there are some Egpytians that want this form of government.

    2. Please everyone, stop calling these imams a "cleric" this is really insulting to the Christian pastors and the rabbis. There is nothing holy about these men. They are pure evil.

    3. just read a Klein article that was illuminating pointing to the hand of Soros in all of these revolutions.


    Quick note (busy at work) and off topic. Talking to a coworker about his new dog … it's a Wheaton Terrier! I had him read your comment in Kathleen's post, "A New Breed"!

    Andrew Sullivan is known to some conservative bloggers as the "beagle blogger" for his dogs. Don't know if the breed of dog one chooses reflects something about the owner.

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